Israel Travel

Suddenly, A Beer Drinker’s Eden

Following on the heels of the boutique winery explosion, craft-beer operations are popping up all over Israel. A day’s jaunt along Route 38, the new beer highway.
Israel Correspondent
07/23/2013 - 20:00

Beit Shemesh, Israel — Back in the mid-1990s, Israel was a desert for beer drinkers wanting to imbibe something beyond the local ales and the mass-produced imports like Heineken.

 Ofer Ronen raises a glass at his Srigim Brewery. Joshua Mitnick

Israel Travel July 2013

Craft-beer operations popping up all over the country, Jerusalem’s refurbished First Station, West Bank tourism, and more.
07/22/2013 - 20:00
Israel Travel July 2013

Isrotel’s Royal Beach Tel Aviv Hotel: A New Standard In Luxury

Special To The Jewish Week
05/13/2013 - 20:00

When Isrotel’s Royal Beach Tel Aviv Hotel opens this summer, the bustling seaside city’s hotel industry will be getting a jolt of five-star luxury.

A rendering of the Royal Beach Tel Aviv.

Open Skies Pact Seen Yielding Benefits

Increase in number of flights from Europe to Israel, lower rates possible; El Al cries foul.
Staff Writer
05/13/2013 - 20:00

The Israeli cabinet’s decision last month to ratify an Open Skies deal with the European Union will relax restrictions and quotas on flights between Israel and the EU.

Road Rave

Don’t believe the hype about Israeli drivers; traveling by car can be a pleasure.
Assistant Managing Editor
05/13/2013 - 20:00

If you asked friends to complete the sentence “Driving in Israel is …,” chances are a few would come up with “taking your life in your hands.”

Palm trees line the road alongside the Ayalon highway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Photo by Adam Dickter

Culture Blooming In Jerusalem

The festival season, much of it outdoors, comes into full gear in summer.
Israel Correspondent
05/13/2013 - 20:00

Jerusalem — The Jerusalem cultural scene,
which is based almost entirely indoors during the winter months, really begins to blossom during Passover and comes to full bloom in the summer and through Sukkot.

Scenes from a dance performance from the Israel Festival. LIGHT CREDIT: Goor Dotan DANCE CREDIT: GTG/Gregory Batardon

Tourism Booming In Israel’s ‘Last Frontier’

With everything from bicycling to bird watching to camel riding, the Negev is pulling a crowd.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/13/2013 - 20:00

On a fateful car trip to Eilat while he was prime minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion suddenly asked his driver to turn off the highway.

Bicycling uphill in the Negev.

Israel Travel May 2013

Tourism booming in the Negev, that first teen roots journey, driving in Israel (really!), and more.
05/13/2013 - 20:00
Israel Travel May 2013


02/26/2013 - 19:00

El Al Magazine Honors

El Al Airlines was ranked among the top 20 best airlines in Travel + Leisure’s recent readers’ survey. The airline also placed second in Conde Nast Travelers 15th annual Business Travel Awards for providing cabin comfort and service in the Africa/Middle East airline category. It was also recognized by the magazine as the third overall best airline for business travel. And in a Global Traveler readers’ survey, El Al won top honors in the airline security category.

The airline was also recognized by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for its creative marketing efforts.

The airline also announced that it is launching Economy Class Plus. The new class of seats offers more legroom, more seat recline, a wider seat cushion and a comfort kit. The fare is an additional $150 per person above the economy class price, each way. For more information, visit

JNF Missions

The Jewish National Fund has announced the following Israel missions:

Israel @ 65: Independence Day Mission: April 11-18. Follow the path towards Israel’s independence and walk in the footsteps of Israel’s pioneers as you celebrate the 65th anniversary of the State of Israel.

Sunshine Mission: April 21-30, for active adults 55+. Experience a unique 10-day excursion through Israel as you tour the country from Northern Israel to the Negev Desert.

Queen of Sheba: Women for Israel Mission: Oct. 12-21 (the mission begins in Israel in the late afternoon on Oct. 13 and ends after dinner on Oct. 20). This mission is for women only. 

For more information on the missions, visit

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